The Community Buildings Capital Fund supports capital based projects including refurbishment and improvement of Hampshire community centres, village halls and charitable and voluntary organisations (which offer a full and varied open access community programme).
Hampshire County Council can fund up to a maximum of 50% of the total project costs not exceeding a maximum grant of £25,000.
The aim of this funding programme is to focus primarily on projects which provide improvements that reduce running costs. By way of example at one end of the scale, the installation of insulation, new windows and a modern central heating system could have a significant effect on heating costs as well as carbon footprint. At the other end of the scale would be the merging of two self-standing facilities into one. An example could be the building of an extension onto an existing centre to accommodate the needs of other local community groups which were previously housed in an old, inadequate building with very high maintenance and heating bills.
The programme is not designed to be over prescriptive and developed innovative ideas for projects are encouraged.
Where an application is assessed to be eligible for an award, but the value of that award would be less than £5,000 the organisation will be signposted to apply for support through the County Councillor Grants scheme instead. This is to ensure the required levels of monitoring and reporting are proportionate to the value of award. Applications should not be submitted for less than £5,000.
The following organisations are not funded under this scheme:
The following projects are not funded under this scheme:
Organisations will not normally be awarded more than one grant per financial year and previously funded projects must be completed before a new application is made. If an organisation requires an emergency request outside of the above dates please contact CCBSgrants@hants.gov.uk.
The Community Buildings Capital Fund is open to the following community based organisations who benefit a local community/local communities in Hampshire, support the priorities and outcomes of Hampshire County Council’s Strategic Plan 2013-17 ‘Shaping Hampshire: modern, public services for the future' and improve the health and wellbeing for all, improving the quality of life for all, particularly those who are vulnerable or disadvantaged:
These organisations must be properly constituted with clear and effective local governance and management structures.
Organisations will not normally be eligible for grants where they hold unallocated reserves in excess of one year’s running costs. Where it is judged that unallocated reserves are unreasonably in excess of what is required or not allocated for legitimate purposes, those organisations may receive a reduced grant. All charitable organisations are expected to have an agreed reserves policy that addresses their financial risk.
Capital based projects must fall into one or more of the following categories:
Organisations need to demonstrate:
Applicants will be expected to have obtained permission from the landlord to undertake the capital work. If required applicants will also be expected to have obtained (or engaged in the process of) planning permission and/or listed buildings consent (if appropriate) to carry out the works.
Where appropriate, depending on the grant sum requested, the organisation will be expected to submit supporting documentation. All documentation will be used, alongside the application form, to assess against the grant criteria.
In order to assist voluntary organisations apply for funds from other sources, Hampshire County Council may support the costs of feasibility studies. Applications will be considered for 50% of the cost of such studies up to a maximum of £500.
Organisations will also be expected to submit documentation as part of their application. Please see the application checklist for a quick reference guide.
On occasions, at our discretion, we may require further information and documentation in addition to the above to support the assessment process.
Hampshire County Council can fund up to a maximum of 50% of the total project costs not exceeding a maximum grant of £25,000. We strongly advise applicants to read the guidance notes before completing the application to ensure the correct information is provided. View the guidance notes and online application form.
Support with Community Buildings development and funding is also available from Action Hampshire.
If you require further guidance or wish to discuss your project with the CCBS Grants Team, please call 01962 845390 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hampshire County Council
Telephone 01962 845390